Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO) will upgrade its satellite modem for use with its next generation 2Ku and Ku satellite technologies, the company said.
The new modem will begin flight testing on Gogo´s Boeing 737 test lab — the Jimmy Ray — in the coming months, with commercial delivery expected to begin in 2017.
The proprietary features of the new modem will significantly increase throughput from the satellite to end users on the aircraft. The modem will be capable of delivering 400 Mbps to an aircraft, which will be more than enough to support the anticipated capacity of next generation high-throughput satellites. The modem will also have the capability to simultaneously supporting IP streaming and IPTV.
Gogo has partnered with Gilat Satellite Networks for the development of the new modem. Gogo and Gilat together are developing advanced mobility management features that will be incorporated into the new modem. Gogo has been lab testing the new modem, which has already delivered 200 Mbps using Gogo´s 2Ku antenna.
Gogo has already begun the licensing approval process for the new modem through the FCC and the FAA.
With more than two decades of experience, Gogo provides in-flight connectivity and wireless entertainment services for commercial and business fleets around the world.